Monday, March 10, 2014

Monday Design Wall

Woo Hoo! Its Monday and last week was so productive.  Five quilts finished last week HERE.

This morning I am writing my blog, picking up the house, meeting with a customer at 11am and then headed to a longarm class.  This class only meets every other month.  Looking forward to seeing what the others have been doing on their snow days.

I have the blocks cut for the next block in the 2014 BOM Quilt Doodle Designs.  It is a large pine tree block.  Using stash fabric, yippee!
I have my barn block ready for Quilter's Garden Barn Quilt BOM tomorrow night. Along with the two previous month's blocks, Illinois Block.
There is one problem.  In the bottom block I flipped the flying geese blocks in assembly so I have Ohio Star block instead of the Illinois block.  I will wait to see if it will really make a difference.  If its a sampler quilt I will just have more variety.
Friday night our guild had a great time with speaker, Chris Lynn Kirsch.  We followed her journey of making Mariner's Compass quilts and thinking outside-the-box on stretching our compasses.  I felt like I had jumped off into the sea of creativity and I swimming with loads of  ideas for quilts.
From left to right:  Kate H, myself, Mary W and Barb A.
I believe all of us chose not to do a round compass.  We borrowed a large oval serving platter from the church kitchen as a template.  Following Chris' step-by-step instructions from her Compass Capers book and personal instructions in class, look how much we were able to complete.  I have three more sections to paper piece before sewing my compass together.  (I had to order and run to pick up lunch so I had a little less sewing time than the others.)
I am a convert!!! I have done little paper piecing and this was so much fun.  Can't wait to do another one!  Chris self-published her own book, therefore she was able to include step-by-step pictures.  So I know when I go to do this at home, I will be successful!  This is the third time we have had Chris teach for our guild and I highly recommend her classes.  We said we would like to be the guinea pigs for the next class she is developing. (hint, hint)
Today I am linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times
Enjoy the day, as we are suppose to have near 60 degrees and sunny today!
Yours in quilting,


  1. Wow your mariners compass pieces are great. Makes me think that I have one stashed somewhere and a whole lot of instructions to make more. I like your oops block and bet it won't make all that much difference either. Maybe...

    1. Thanks, Bonnie. I will wait to see what the mystery barn quilt looks like at the end before unsewing the block. It maybe a humility block or just a creative decision. Thanks for stopping by and chatting with me.

  2. Those Mariners Compasses are looking really good. It's a block I keep meaning to use in my ceramics work but have never got round to. They do look a bit complicated, but that's all part of the fun, I think! xCathy

    1. Please don't hesitate to try it. If you can't take a class, order Chris Lynn Kirsch's book "Compass Capers". It has step by step pictures and instructions. We drafted our paper templates in 10 minutes. I didn't believe I could do it. But now I can't wait to make another.